Twenty-one of the more than 200 girls kidnapped over two years ago in a raid on their school in Chibok town by Boko Haram militants have been released, a government official said on Thursday.
The release followed negotiations between Nigeria’s government and Boko Haram brokered by Red Cross and Swiss government, a spokesman for the country’s president said on Thursday, i24 News reported.
“It is confirmed that 21 of the missing Chibok girls have been released and are in the custody of the department of state services,” presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement.
“The release of the girls … is an outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government,” Shehu said.
“The negotiations will continue.”
“Malam Lawal wants the girls to have some rest, with all of them very tired coming out of the process before he hands them over to the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo.”
The girls were exchanged for four Boko Haram prisoners in Banki in Northeast Nigeria, a local source said.